“I want you to be charitable enough to look past all of my faults, while I get to keep scrutinizing all of yours.” The mutual plateau which all loving human relationships eventually reach. Because, try as you might, it would be of the utmost betrayal to your senses to ever accept the fact that your shit smells as bad as everybody else’s.
Occam’s Razor of human morality: “People should take care of each other, because all we have is each other.”
Achilles’ Heel of human morality: “People will fail to take care of each other, because all we have is each other.”
Every original idea starts out as a subtle plagiarism.
The unavoidable inequity that comes with power is one of the few societal norms more readily accepted when left unspoken rather than explained. As John Milton shows, any attempt to explain and justify a disproportionate possession of power will by necessity render an all-powerful God a tyrant, and its rebellion Devil a tragic hero.
The harshest truth to accept with age: In order for society to progress forward, the same traditions that define our lives today, our children will have to let die tomorrow.
Corruption is one of the few unforgivable social sins in the eyes of public opinion. This, despite the fact that few of these same social moralists would ever be willing to call their own daily, small-scale, ethical compromises a corruption of some greater principles. Conveniently forgetting that corruptions are essentially little else but a macro-view of micro-compromises.
“Honesty is always the best policy. Life and society would be much better if everyone was completely honest.”
Really? All right, let us begin by acknowledging some truths as a baseline:
- All laws ad authorities that we rely on to survive in society only exist as long as a majority of us are willing to go along with them.
- There is a strong probability that when you are long dead 100 years from now, few will remember you, and your greatest personal accomplishments will be long forgotten.
- It’s most likely that your significant other first noticed your sexual desirability prior to coming even close to caring about your intellect and personality.
- Age will obliterate your sexual desirability.
- All the flaws you notice in yourself, others notice, too. They just don’t care, because your personal problems don’t affect their lives.
- On average, your children have as good a chance of becoming failures in their lives, as they do of becoming successes.
- Money can buy happiness. But it’s just unlikely that you will ever make enough to really know it.
Is your life better off now that these truths have been pointed out to you?
The moral indignation people have about honesty is what makes lying such a dire necessity. What makes the dubiousness of our collective social modesty all the more palatable to ourselves is preserving lies as a daily course on the menu, and honesty as a mere condiment that we can mistake for the meal.